Burundi Livestock Project
Owning livestock can have a considerable impact on family income and nutrition. Through Farmgate Initiative, your purchases of our Burundi Sucafina Originals and select Burundi microlots contribute to livestock chains that make livestock accessible for coffee farming families. Community solidarity chains mean that the gift of livestock keeps on giving as families pass on offspring to other families.
Coffee farming families in Burundi mostly depend on coffee for their annual cash incomes and, as a result of small farms and aging trees, incomes are low. Livestock can help families increase their revenue stream by up to 60% within 6 months as they sell offspring and products like milk. Animals like pigs and goats can thrive on household food scraps and foraged vegetation and turn that into valuable products that they can sell. Keeping animals can also increase nutrition by giving families better access to milk and meat, and livestock manure can be used to fertilize coffee trees and improve yields.
Sucafina Burundi works closely with the coffee farming communities where we source coffees. We’ve supported the creation of Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) groups that work together to save money and provide fair access to financing for members. Members told us that they would like to increase livestock ownership in their communities, and we listened! Livestock chains help VSLA members access livestock and increase their household income through income diversification.
In the Kayanza, Ngozi and Muyinga regions in Burundi, livestock ‘starter kits’ of 1 male and 10 female animals (goats, pigs or cows) are given to a VSLA group working with Sucafina Burundi. As the animals continue to produce offspring, each family that receives an animal will give the first offspring to another family and more and more families are able to receive animals and benefit from keeping livestock. VSLA members can decide how they would like to allocate the animals and their offspring.
It costs $50 per goat and $70 per pig, meaning each starter kit costs $550 per goat kit and $770 per pig kit.
*Not available in Asia Pacific. Contact your trader to express your interest.